Working with recreational fishers on fisheries management

28 April 2015

Recognising the importance of recreational fishing to Australian communities, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has today hosted a forum with representatives from the recreational fishing sector.

Attending the forum, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck said that meetings like today's were an important part of sustainable fisheries management.

"The Australian Government has given a commitment to give the fisheries sector, which includes the recreational fishing community, the respect it deserves," Senator Colbeck said.

"With an estimated five million Australians participating in recreational fishing, the sector is a valuable contributor to healthy lifestyles and the nation's economy.

"I congratulate AFMA and the representatives of the recreational fishing sector here today for their engagement on issues which affect recreational fishing and Commonwealth fisheries.

"Held since 2013, these forums are invaluable to ensure a healthy dialogue exists and recreational fishing has a voice."

AFMA Commissioners also attended today's forum and the Deputy Chair of the AFMA Commission, Mr Richard Stevens noted the recent work of the Authority to better engage with recreational fishers and strengthen the relationship.

"In addition to the AFMA recreational fishing forum, AFMA has recently held two forums for recreational fishing and conservation stakeholders on the management of the Small Pelagic Fishery," Mr Stevens said.

"Furthermore, in July last year for the first time, AFMA appointed a recreational fishing liaison officer.

"Based at the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation's (ARFF) headquarters, the officer is helping to ensure views and concerns of recreational fishers are considered by AFMA and build the capacity of ARFF to engage in fisheries management, again furthering the relationship between the two bodies."

The forum included presentations on key recreational fishing species, the Small Pelagic Fishery, and legislative recognition of recreational fishing.

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